I, DANIEL BLAKE (M)
SBS ON DEMAND
From Britain, a socially astute and incisive comedy-drama that can go from uplifting to gut-wrenching in the blink of an eye. As he has always done, master filmmaker Ken Loach simply sticks to carving off a slice of life as authentically as he possibly can, and then lets the remarkably realistic results speak for themselves. The title character is a 59-year-old Newcastle carpenter sidelined by a recent heart attack. Though his doctor has advised him to wait a few months before returning to duty, an absurd loophole in the benefits system forces Daniel (played to perfection by stand-up comic Dave Johns) to spend his days hustling for jobs his severe condition will not allow him to accept.